2013 : Live! Jazz at Lincoln Center

#LoveInEvolution Sweet Honey in the Rock
 
 

D1 - 08. Can't Afford To Lose My Man
Sweet Honey in the Rock  

 

D1 - 13. The Midnight Special
Sweet Honey in the Rock  

 

D1 – 14. Pata Pata
Sweet Honey in the Rock  

 

D2 - 09. N'diarabi/Africa Is Where My Heart Lies (Medley)
Sweet Honey in the Rock  

A Note from the Producer:

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK with a jazz trio? Rock on, Sisters! What a joy to be guests in the home of Wynton Marsalis – Jazz at Lincoln Center – exploring an entirely new repertoire with three brilliant young jazz musicians! The opportunity to share some of the same songs that these great women offered to the world has been truly inspiring and expansive for us all. From conception to rehearsals to performances to the studio to this exciting recording – it has taken a tremendous team effort. If the listener can receive the energy of actually attending the concert and appreciate the excitement of our boldly going where this a cappella group has never gone before . . . then I humbly accept that I may have done my job.With love and respect,
-Nitanju

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK®: A Tribute – Live! Jazz at Lincoln Center, which was recorded during two concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in 2011, certainly marks a new direction for the historic African-American female vocal group, whose legendary stature has been built on its a cappella singing.

But the group has always had many facets, manifested in the outside activities of its individual members and even by Sweet Honey itself, as a whole. In fact, the inspiration for this album came in 2008, when the group went on the road with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in the collaboration “Go in Grace,” a dance piece scored and sung by Sweet Honey and based on the African proverb that “it takes a village to raise a child.”

“We began discussing our next move, and started talking about the songs of Odetta, Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln – and our own personal emotional connection to their music,” recalls Sweet Honey’s Carol Maillard, who took on the added role of project director. “Once we were all on board with the idea of doing a tribute concert to their songs, we had to decide which songs – and how to present them.”

That Odetta, Makeba and Simone had actually toured together – in 1990 in Italy – suggested a direction in choosing the repertoire, but program notes from the concerts were unavailable. Still, Sweet Honey came up with songs that more than one of the singers had recorded, and others that represented their mutual themes and messages. Additionally, Sweet Honey had plenty of songs in their own copious catalog that they had either covered directly or had otherwise been inspired by the pioneering women they had chosen to honor. The subsequent two disc A Tribute – Live!, then, rightly includes political, civil rights, and Africa-centered songs.

After all, SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK essentially grew out of the 1960s civil rights movement, having been founded in 1973 by Bernice Johnson Reagon, who had been a member of The Freedom Singers, the movement’s paramount African-American singing group.

But Sweet Honey has also specialized in songs touching all aspects of everyday life, and these are here as well – especially classic love songs.

Disc 1: 1st set

1. JALC Welcome (spoken)

2. Breaths
(lyrics by B. Diop, music by Y. M. Barnwell; Barnwell’s Notes Publishing)

3. Sabumoya
(traditional; arr. N. B. Casel, Clear
Ice Music)

4. Come Ye
(N. Simone; EMI Waterford Music) arr. N. B. Casel

5.Welcome (spoken)
C. Maillard, N. B. Casel: vocals

6. Shuku Shuku (Choo Choo Song)
(M. Makeba – C. Phiri; Music of Windswept o/b/o Gallo Music Publishers)
arr. & new lyrics C. Maillard

7. See Line Woman
(traditional; arr. Y. M. Barnwell; Barnwell’s Notes Publishing)
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: percussion, handclaps

8. Can’t Afford to Lose My Man
(M. Lawlers – E. Lawlers; Memphis
Minnie Music Co. & Songs of Universal,
Inc.)
arr. C. Maillard

9. If I Should Lose You
(L. Robin – R. Rainger; Sony/ATV Harmony)
arr. N. B. Casel & Stacey Wade
N. B. Casel: solo vocal

10. Love Me or Leave Me
(G. Kahn – W. Donaldson; W. B. Music
Corp. o/b/o Gilbert Keyes Music Co.& Donaldson Publishing Co.)
arr. C.
Maillard
C. Maillard: solo vocal

11. Trouble in Mind
(R. Jones; Universal-MCA Music
Publishing)
arr. L. Robinson
L. Robinson: solo vocal

12. Feeling Good
(L. Bricusse – A. Newley; TRO-Musical
Comedy Productions)
arr. A. Kahlil
A. Kahlil: lead vocal; C. Maillard, L. Robinson, N. B. Casel: vocals; Y. M. Barnwell: violin

13. The Midnight Special
(H. Ledbetter – J. A. Lomax – A. Lomax; TRO-Global Jukebox & Folkways Musi Publishers, Inc.)
arr. C. Maillard

14. Pata Pata
(M. Makeba – J. Ragovoy – E. Franco;
Bike Music o/b/o Lovolar Music; Bike
Music o/b/o Abekam Music; Bike Music
o/b/o Budde Songs, Inc.)
arr. L.
Robinson

Disc 2: 2nd set

1. Intro to Freedom Suite
(spoken)

2. Freedom Suite
Oh Freedom
Come and Go with Me to That Land
I’m On My Way to Freedom Land
Glory, Glory Hallelujah
(traditional)
arr. SWEET HONEY IN
THE ROCK

3. Another Man Done Gone
(V. Hall – R. P. Tartt – J.A. Lomax – A.
Lomax; TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc.)
arr.
Y. M. Barnwell
Y. M. Barnwell: solo vocal, violin

4. Abbey Lincoln Medley
Down Here Below (A. Lincoln; Bug
Music o/b/o Moseka Music)
The Music is the Magic (A. Lincoln;
Bug Music o/b/o Moseka Music)
A Turtle’s Dream (A. Lincoln – Laurent
Cugny; Bug Music o/b/o Moseka
Music & copyright control)
I’m in Love (J. Griffin; arr. A.
Lincoln; ASCAP)
arr. A. Kahlil
A. Kahlil: solo vocal

5. Tell Me More and More and Then Some
(B. Holiday; Edward B. Marks Music
Company)
arr. S. Wade, N. B. Casel
N. B. Casel: solo vocal

6. Wild is the Wind
(D. Tiomkin – N. Washington; Patti
Washington Music; Catherine Hinen
Music; Chappell & Co.)
arr. C. Maillard

7. Run On
(traditional; new lyrics & arr. L.
Robinson, Earth to Asha)
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: hand percussion

8. Let There Be Peace
(lyrics by L. Robinson, music by L.
Robinson & C. Maillard; Earth to Asha)

9. N’diarabi/Africa is Where My Heart Lies
(traditional, arr. N. B. Casal, Clear Ice
Music; M. Moses – C. Samson; Marvin
Moses, Kydan Music)
arr. N. B. Casel,
C. Maillard
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: hand percussion

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